Review: Swagbucks

swagbucksUntil now, FatHeadDog has been on the fence about the search and win site Swagbucks. I never seemed to “win” any points on searches, never entered the bonus “Swag Codes” in time and generally just failed at returning the investment of my time.

But now that I’ve gotten the hang of Swagbucks and figured out my best strategy for winning, I’m a big fan and tickled with the dozens of free gift cards I’ve scored from the site.

First off, here’s the premise of the site. You earn “Swagbucks” for searches performed on their site (as opposed to searching on Google). Points range from 7 to 50 “bucks” earned. You can redeem these points for thousands of prizes, but the best value, by far, is the $5 gift card for 450 bucks.

Here are a few pointers for winning:

Search Early, Search Often

1. Perform your searches approximately three to four times a day, several hours apart. I search first thing in the morning, after lunch, late afternoon and in the evening.

Once You Win, Walk Away

2. Once you win bucks from a search, its fairly unlikely you’ll hit it again, so you can save your next search for a few hours later.

Search Deep, Not Shallow

3. When searching, try related terms to the original you searched, and click through all the pages of results. Also, you can try searching photos or videos for the same term. To me at least, it seems searching “deep” wins better results than searching “shallow” with dozens of unrelated terms (which, by the way, can penalize you if Swagbucks thinks you’re not performing “natural searches”).

Don’t Hit Send Yet–Here’s Help for Your Amazon Order

sd_logoIf you’ve ever shopped at Amazon, then no doubt you’ve had the free shipping dilemma where you find yourself xx.xx dollars short of receiving free shipping on your order. However, every item you click to add to your cart–of course–is not eligible for Super Saver free shipping. Here’s a resource for you:

This site, an off-shoot of my favorite, allows you to search for eligible free shipping items by the amount which you’re short of the shipping threshold. For example, if you’re a measly $.95 cents from reaching free shipping, this site will scour all eligible items for sale.